BY TOMMY MARTIN AND ANDREW MARTIN, Correspondents
The annual Gordo High School football banquet was held at the Gordo First United Methodist Church on Saturday night, January 26. The welcome and invitation was given by Gordo Principal Mark Capps, followed by the invocation led by Coach Byron Fair. There was an excellent meal provided by Nikki Mullenix and her catering service, Cuisine Queens.
Following the meal, Gordo’s retired game announcer Joe Brown conducted the Hall of Fame induction. The first to be inducted was Wayne Moss. Moss is a native of Pickens County, the son of Newburn Brantley and Annie Sue Moss of Gordo and the grandson of the late Harold and Vista Moss of Gordo.
Moss started his sports career playing pee-wee football for Gordo in 1977, the year they won the county championship. He also played Dixie youth baseball for several years
and was on two different all-star teams. In 1980, Moss was a member of the Dixie boys 13-14-year-old team who won the District 3 championship and finished third in the state. He played junior high football and some basketball during these same years and later transitioned to Gordo high school football and baseball. While playing football, Moss played on several teams which went to the state playoffs and was also named to the state Allstar team as a junior and senior.
After graduating high school, Moss received a football scholarship to Jacksonville State University to play for the Gamecocks where he advanced to the travel team as a true freshman. He entered the seasonal roster as defensive tackle under head coach Bill Burgess and defensive line coach Eddie Garfinkle. It was at Middle Tennessee that he made three solo tackles before receiving a career-ending injury during the second quarter. After his injury, Moss stayed on scholarship as an athletic trainer for the Gamecocks. In 1988, Wayne returned to Gordo and became a third-generation police officer for the town of Gordo and married his wife Karen one year later. Wayne and Karen have three children: Austin, Brianna, and Keegan. Moss graduated from Jacksonville State University with a degree in criminal justice with a concentration in law enforcement and a minor in Homeland Security in 2010. After serving the town of Gordo police department for 20 years, Moss transitioned to the University of Alabama, where he currently serves as a Patrolman, Field Training Officer, and Explosive K-9 Handler.
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